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Catholic Glory – The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania August 8, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, persecution, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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There is a small hillock in Lithuania that is literally covered in crosses.  It has been there for centuries, it is believed.  Not only crosses, but giant crucifixes have been planted there over the years.

During the period of the brutal Soviet occupation of Lithuania, the hill became a symbol of national resistance against the pagan, atheistic communist regime.  The Soviets bulldozed the hill down 3 times, but every time, crosses spontaneously started appearing again (not miraculously, but the people would not be deterred).  It is estimated there are presently half a million crosses on the site.

Pope Saint John Paul II visited the Hill of Crosses in 1993, after Lithuania gained its independence from the evil Soviet regime.  In 2000 a Franciscan hermitage was opened near the hill.

Thanks to reader MM for sending me the pics!  I pray you enjoy them as I did.

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1. discipleofthedumbox - August 8, 2014

Absolutely beautiful and inspirational.

2. Steve - August 8, 2014

One could say that in a sense, each reappearance of the Crosses was miraculous.

Anyway, thank you for such an inspirational story.

Perhaps the story in question will teach the many wreckovated parishes of the Dallas Diocese a thing or two in regard to the placement and importance or sacred objects and images.


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